Trolls making e-sports unsafe for children

In the world of video gaming, there are no rules, leaving millions of young players exposed to obscenities and harassment.

Imagine that your daughter is playing Fortnite, and a troll in another country joins the game and begins sexually harassing her. Imagine that your son is watching his favourite video gamer livestream an e-sports game, and the streamer begins to shout obscenities.

Disruptive behaviour like this has become routine in video games. The system that guides the appropriateness of content on these platforms is obsolete, and children who play video games are exposed to inappropriate and abusive behaviour.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2018, with the headline 'Trolls making e-sports unsafe for children'. Print Edition | Subscribe